One of the most original and versatile Italian artists of the second half of the nineteenth century, Arrigo Boito was a prominent figure within the artistic and intellectual scene of post-unification Italy. He had remarkable achievements in various artistic realms, aiming, like Giuseppe Rovani, to transfer his inspiration from one medium to another:“tutto inteso a realizzare in poesia le condizioni della musica” (“deeply concerned to achieve music’s paradigms in poetry”), to echo Piero Nardi, author of the seminal work Vita di Arrigo Boito(p. 291).
Born in Padua to a Venetian painter and a Polish countess six years after his brother Camillo, who was to become a prominent writer himself, Arrigo attended the conservatory in Milan. After having travelled extensively in Europe, a
Citation: Corradi, Morena. "Arrigo Boito". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=473, accessed 11 December 2023.]